Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Silk From Milk!

If you know that Spiderman is just a comic, a cartoon, a story, or a fantasy, then it is perhaps time to unlearn what you know and look up to the mad scientists.

Scientists have injected spider gene into mammals like cows and goats, to begin working during the stage of lactation, so that the milk protein can be used to produce silk. They call this silk BioSteel because it is very strong. As strong as the material used in a spider's web.

Read more about it here:

http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/GEessays/MammalCellSpiderSilk.html

Possible uses include lighter but stronger bullet-proof vests; biodegradable yet hardy sutures; and tougher aerospace components.

Unbelievable? Believe it!
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7 comments:

Keshi said...

r ya bak Praddy? HUGZ!

Keshi.

PRADEEP K. said...

Keshiiiiiiiiiiiii! :)
HUGZ right bak.
How u been, darlin?

Yeah, you could say I'm back. Actually was never really away, but was just a bit busy at work. Will write whenever I can make time.

Cheers!

Keshi said...

oh ok :) Im glad u'll b regular now.

Silk from Milk? wow interesting theory there!

Somehow I dun like un-natural things like that...poor animals too.

Keshi.

Solitaire said...

Dunno what is happening to this world.

Ashley said...

Hi Pradeep!
Interesting concept. I wonder if they make clothing out of milk-silk whether it will spoil in the heat?

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PRADEEP K. said...

Hi Ashley!
One of the uses of this silk happens to be to make stronger bullet-proof vests. It must be fairly clear that this could not be done if heat had a negative impact on the material.

Diana said...

Hi Pradeep......